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The Best Waffle Makers for Baking the Perfect Waffle

A Belgian waffle with blueberries, nuts, and whipcream
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Who can resist the delicious taste of waffles? A hit with young and old, they’re awesome for breakfast but you can also find an excuse to eat them later in the day too—but for waffles-on-demand, you need a great waffle maker.

We’ve covered various price points, as well as looked at all the key features like variable temperature settings for different levels of browning. It can be awkward to clean them after use too, so we’ve looked at how easy it is to maintain them. Combined, we’ve got the pick of the best waffle makers. You’re only one gadget away from delicious batter based goodness.

Best Overall: Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker ($72)

Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker

The Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker will last you for a long time. ReviewGeek’s editor, Jason, has been using it for over a decade and it’s never missed a beat. The waffle maker creates two deep-pocket 1-inch Belgian waffles at the same time in a matter of minutes—if you’re making breakfast for a family a double-sided maker is a must. Simply pour the batter in then immediately flip it to ensure it’s spread evenly for a better quality waffle. It has a browning control knob with a choice of 6 settings so you can cook your waffle exactly how you want. Prefer a soft waffle? That’s as easy to achieve as a crispy one too. It’s ideal if you want to get things just right.

You can’t remove the pans, unfortunately, but it has a nonstick coating that means the food slides out easily and it’s fairly easy to clean up afterward.

Additionally, there are 2 LED indicator lights as well as audio beep tones that tell you when preheating is complete, along with when the waffle is done and ready to eat. What more could you want?

Best Square Waffle Maker: Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker ($70)

Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker

Do you prefer a square waffle? No judgment here. If that’s the case, the Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker will serve you well. It has space for baking 4 Belgian waffles at once with a choice of six temperature control settings. That should mean the perfect waffle every time for you. You can’t flip it like our last choice, but that’s not an issue if you spread out the batter quickly and evenly.

Where the Cuisinart WAF-300 Belgian Waffle Maker really stands out is that its plates are all removable and dishwasher safe. That saves you the effort of needing to clean it by hand and is definitely handy if you use it often. It also comes with a 4 slot pancake plate for when you want to make pancakes instead of waffles, ensuring you’ll keep the whole family happy.

As expected, there are indicator lights for when it’s ready to bake and when the waffle is ready to eat, along with audible sounds too.

Best Value Waffle Maker: Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker ($23)

Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker

You don’t have to spend a fortune on a waffle maker to still enjoy a good quality waffle. The Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker is pretty great for the price. It has a round nonstick plate with four quarters so you can bake one large traditional-style waffle (and choose whether to share it with others or not), with a choice of 5 browning settings.

It takes a little longer to get up to speed but that’s a small price to pay for, well, not paying a large price. The waffle maker still has indicator lights to tell you when it’s ready to bake or eat, although there’s no audible cue here. Also, you can’t remove the plates for clean up duty afterward. So, it’s not perfect but it’s more than good enough for the low price.

Best Premium Waffle Maker: Breville BWM520XL Round Waffle Waffle Maker ($130)

Breville BWM520XL Round Waffle Waffle Maker

Do you take traditional waffle making seriously? We like your style. If you’ve got the budget, buy the Breville BWM520XL Round Waffle Waffle Maker. It uses thermally engineered heating elements to guarantee even heat distribution which means a perfect traditional waffle every time.

Alongside that are 7 temperature control settings so you can get your waffle color just how you like it. There are indicator lights too as you’d expect, although no audible cues. There’s also a wide wrap-around moat that catches and cooks overflow which means less mess for you and some tasty extra pieces of batter to eat alongside your more aesthetically pleasing looking waffle.

This waffle maker might sound a lot more expensive for what it offers but it’s consistent with producing a perfect waffle for you.

Best For Mini Waffles: Dash Mini Maker ($10)

Dash Mini Maker

For those times when you don’t want a conventional sized waffle or when you’re simply limited for space, there’s the Dash Mini Maker. The waffle maker bakes 4-inch waffles for snacks and treats, rather than a substantial meal. Its main strength is it’s so small and light that it’s perfect for a quick treat in a dorm room, camper van, or simply in a small first apartment.

We’d argue it’s essentially a gateway drug to a “full” waffle but we don’t blame you for starting here. The non-stick surface typically creates an evenly baked waffle in only a couple of minutes. It’s simple but really quite cute to use and have on your kitchen top.

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